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Claire

Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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  • Whitethorn Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    When a new highway threatens to bypass the town of Rossmore and cut through Whitethorn Woods, everyone has a passionate opinion about whether the town will benefit or suffer. But young Father Flynn is most concerned with the fate of St. Ann's Well, which is set at the edge of the woods and slated for destruction. People have been coming to St. Ann's for generations to share their dreams and fears, and speak their prayers.

    Claire says: "Not up to par for Binchy"
    "Not up to par for Binchy"
    Overall

    Although Binchy delivers lots of engaging characters in this book, it's really more of a collection of short stories than a novel. Obviously, the well in Whitethorn woods is the thread that loosely binds the characters together. She presents the stories in a chain -- one character's story leads to the next character's story, but often, those characters are not brought together. We see the link between the characters because we saw it from each character's perspective, but we didn't see them together. (This is hard to explain!) An interesting way to develop characters, but I would have loved it had she integrated the characters at some point in the story.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Letters of a Woman Homesteader

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Elinore Pruitt Stewart
    • Narrated By Rebecca Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Letters of a Woman Homesteader presents an outstanding first-person account of life on the American frontier. Elinore Pruitt Stewart took up homesteading in Burnt Fork, Wyoming, in 1909, to prove that a woman could ranch. Her captivating letters reveal the isolation, the beauty, and the joy of working the prairie.

    Claire says: "Interesting but not riveting"
    "Interesting but not riveting"
    Overall

    This book provided lots of interesting insights into life in the West in the early 1900s. However, the reading was lackluster. A more mature sounding and expressive reader would have greatly improved this book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Naked in Baghdad: The Iraq War as Seen by National Public Radio's Correspondent

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anne Garrels
    • Narrated By Anne Garrels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (664)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (102)

    One of only sixteen unembedded American journalists who stayed in Baghdad's now-legendary Palestine Hotel throughout the American invasion of Iraq, NPR's Anne Garrels was at the very center of the storm. She brings us the sights, sounds, and smells of our latest war with unparalleled vividness and immediacy.

    Native Texan says: "My favorite book of the year!"
    "Living Vicariously"
    Overall

    Wow! Provides a fascinating look into the dangerous, exhausting, and frustrating world of a war correspondent. After this listen, I became much more interested in keeping tabs on what's going on in Iraq. Was so depressing to hear that many of Garrels' predictions and those of her guide (can't believe I can't recall his name - has been almost two mos. since I listened to this book) came to be. I still wonder why her guide took the risks he did, making it possible for her to survive and even thrive in a very hostile environment. Highly recommend this book -- even for those who have only a marginal interest in politics and war. You won't be disappointed, regardless of what you think of the war in Iraq.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catch as Cat Can

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Rita Mae Brown
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (25)

    Never have two species co-created a work of such suspense and humorous catitude as the wildly popular mystery series by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown. This time out, that agile-witted tiger puss Mrs. Murphy makes the round of parties where Virginia's Very Best People mingle with some of the worst. Together, she and her human must unravel a veritable cat's cradle of ambition, greed, and murder at the center of which waits a killer with the most tangled of motives.

    Claire says: "Sneaky Pie Brown & Her Insights"
    "Sneaky Pie Brown & Her Insights"
    Overall

    A delightful listen! At first I found the running commentary re: the animals' thoughts a bit tedious and distracting but it didn't take long to be sucked into the plot. Once that happened, I was no longer conscious of the technique. Loved the bickering and banter among the animals. Lots of rich ironic twists in this plot. Lots of interesting characters. Loved Harry, the heroine. Will read (listen to) more by this author.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • In Tuscany

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Frances Mayes, Edward Mayes
    • Narrated By Frances Mayes, Edward Mayes
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    From the best selling author whose memoirs Under the Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany have captured the voluptuousness of Italian life in sensuous and evocative prose, comes a lavishly illustrated celebration of Tuscany's people, food, landscapes, and art, as well as the abundant pleasures of Italian life.

    Claire says: "Disappointing but not a total waste"
    "Disappointing but not a total waste"
    Overall

    I listened to & loved Bella Tuscany & Under the Tuscan Sun. Looked forward to Frances' next book. This was not nearly as engaging & entertaining as the other two. Had it not been for Frances' voice & accent (I like) & the promise of hearing her husband Ed (I like)I would have bailed out. Fortunately I did not. I thoroughly enjoyed the last 1/3 of the book. Lots of interesting info. & insights into Tuscan food, culture, & hospitality.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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